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RTP Funding Letter

FROM: Carla Boucher, Attorney
UNITED FOUR WHEEL DRIVE ASSOCIATIONS

May 31, 2005

WHAT COULD YOU DO WITH $3 MILLION IN YOUR STATE ON 4X4 TRAILS?

Build new trails, maintain existing trails, improve trails and trailheads!

The House of Representatives approved record-breaking amounts of
funding for recreation trails through the Recreational Trails Program
(RTP). However, the Senate cut that funding, on average, by more
than $3 million per state for a total cut of over $161 million in 5
years. In the next 2 weeks the House and Senate will work to resolve
the difference in funding. We need your help in urging the Senate to
adopt the House funding level in the final bill.

Arizona Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs: Funding cut by Senate
= $3.5 million
California Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs: Funding cut by
Senate = $11.6 million
Colorado Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs: Funding cut by
Senate = $3.0 million
Florida Four Wheel Drive Association: Funding cut by Senate = $6.1 million
Great Lakes Four Wheel Drive Association:
Funding cut in MI by Senate = $3.0 million
Funding cut in OH by Senate = $3.8 million
Funding cut in IN by Senate = $2.7 million
Funding cut in IL by Senate = $4.2 million
Indiana Four Wheel Drive Association: Funding cut by Senate = $2.7 million
Middle Atlantic Four Wheel Drive Association:
Funding cut in MD by Senate = $2.3 million
Funding cut in PA by Senate = $3.9 million
Funding cut in DE by Senate = $1.7 million
Funding cut in NJ by Senate = $2.6 million
Funding cut in VA by Senate = $2.8 million
Midwest Four Wheel Drive Association:
Funding cut in IL by Senate = $4.2 million
Funding cut in IA by Senate = $2.7 million
Funding cut in MN by Senate = $3.7 million
Funding cut in NE by Senate = $2.2 million
Funding cut in ND by Senate = $1.9 million
Funding cut in SD by Senate = $2.0 million
Funding cut in WI by Senate = $3.5 million
Montana Four Wheel Drive Association: Funding cut by Senate = $2.8 million
Nevada United Four Wheelers Association: Funding cut by Senate = $2.2 million
North America XJ Association (representing all 50 states): Funding
cut by Senate = $161 million
NorthEast Association of Four Wheel Drive Clubs:
Funding cut in MA by Senate = $2.6 million
Funding cut in NH by Senate = $2.1 million
Funding cut in CT by Senate = $1.9 million
Funding cut in NY by Senate = $3.9 million
Funding cut in VT by Senate = $1.9 million
Oklahoma Four Wheel Drive Association: Funding cut by Senate = $2.8 million
Pacific Northwest 4 Wheel Drive Association:
Funding cut in WA by Senate = $3.7 million
Funding cut in OR by Senate = $2.7million
Funding cut in ID by Senate = $2.7 million
Rustbelt 4x4 Trailriders Association:
Funding cut in OH by Senate = $3.8 million
Funding cut in MI by Senate = $3.0 million
Funding cut in PA by Senate = $3.9 million
Southern Four Wheel Drive Association:
Funding cut in NC by Senate = $3.7 million
Funding cut in SC by Senate = $2.5 million
Funding cut in TN by Senate = $2.9 million
Funding cut in GA by Senate = $4.2 million
Funding cut in KY by Senate = $2.8 million
Funding cut in AL by Senate = $3.4 million
Southwest Four Wheel Drive Association:
Funding cut in KA by Senate = $2.6 million
Funding cut in LA by Senate = $3.3 million
Funding cut in MO by Senate = $3.1 million
Funding cut in NM by Senate = $2.8 million
Funding cut in OK by Senate = $2.8 million
Funding cut in TX by Senate = $7.1 million
Virginia Four Wheel Drive Association: Funding cut by Senate = $2.8 million
Wisconsin Four Wheel Drive Association: Funding cut by Senate = $3.5 million

More information about funding levels by state is available at the
United website at <http://www.ufwda.org/>www.ufwda.org.

Please, send the following letter, or one in your own words, to your
U.S. Senators urging them to adopt the House-passed funding level for
the RTP program in the HR 3 conference report for the final version
of HR 3.

If you need help finding the name and/or address of your U.S. Senator go to:
<http://www.senate.gov/>www.senate.gov and enter your zip code. A
list of your two Senators will appear. Please write to both of them.
If you do not have access to the Internet and need help you can
contact me by phone or e-mail at: (757) 546-7969 or
<mailto:[email protected]>[email protected] g

Letters must be sent by June 6, 2005.

Please copy all letters to me at
<mailto:[email protected]>[email protected] g
or
P.O. Box 15696
Chesapeake, VA 23328

[form letter to be sent to your U.S. Senator]
Senator [Senator's name]
[address]

[date]

Dear Senator,

I live in your state and am an avid four wheel drive
vehicle user. I am contacting you to ask that you ensure that the
House-passed funding level for the Recreational Trails Program (RTP)
is included in the HR 3 conference report for the final version of HR
3.

The RTP is a proven success, leveraging federal funds with volunteer
labor, state trails funding generated through registration fees and
gas taxes and private funds. The program relies on user fees paid by
recreationists like me. However, under the current RTP, and under the
Senate-passed version of HR 3, recreational trail users are unfair
"donors" to other transportation programs, receiving just 18% of the
taxes paid. Adopting the House-passed funding levels in the final
bill will address this unfairness.

Please ensure that the final version of HR 3 includes the
House-passed funding for the RTP program. This is a very important
issue to me and I appreciate your attention to this matter.

Yours truly,



[Your name]
[Your address]







--
John Stewart
Director, Environmental Affairs
United Four Wheel Drive Associations, http://www.ufwda.org
Natural Resource Consultant
California Association of 4 Wheel Drive Clubs, http://www.ca4wdc.com
Recreation Access and Conservation Editor, http://www.4x4wire.com
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I'll be sending out letters tomorrow. I'm also going to post this on every 4x4 message board I know of. Thanks for the heads up, Mike.

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Thanks, Mike.

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I sent to Boxer and Feinstein. Go team go.
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I sent to Boxer and Feinstein. Go team go.
sent to them bitches too


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also wanted to say thank you Mike! Oh and I sent the letter to both of my senators!

Hey, I just wanted to let you know that what you do in regards to being our "watch dog" and keeping us up to date on legislature effecting our hobby is not going un noticed. I, for one, appreciate all that you do in both keeping us informed and in your work in keeping our trails open.

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also wanted to say thank you Mike! Oh and I sent the letter to both of my senators!

Hey, I just wanted to let you know that what you do in regards to being our "watch dog" and keeping us up to date on legislature effecting our hobby is not going un noticed. I, for one, appreciate all that you do in both keeping us informed and in your work in keeping our trails open.

Thanks Mike
Thanks man. I'm on a few different mailing lists, so it's not too hard to keep up. I usually just post the stuff I think would interest people here, but there is a lot more information floating around out there! Check the PBB sticky at the top of the land use section. Go check out the thread on PBB for all the list information.

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this is what i got back after going to that link

"Dear Friend:

Thank you for your e-mail message and for your interest in public policy.

In order to better serve the 35 million residents of California, I am now
using an e-mail system located on my Senate website. This system enables
me to provide more and better responses to you and other constituents
while saving taxpayer dollars. (Unfortunately, limited resources do not
allow me to respond to e-mails generated by third-party organizations.)

If you would like a reply to your message, I encourage you to visit my
website e-mail system at http://boxer.senate.gov/contact/webform.cfm
Simply fill in the fields, type in your message, and click “Submit” at the
bottom of the page.

Again, thank you for contacting me. I hope you will keep in touch.

Sincerely,


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"while saving taxpayer dollars" yeah right. Pretty much proves the fuckin bitch doesn't really give a shit what you think or want. Why do you SoCal types keep electing IT? Get that POS out of office next time around already.

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"while saving taxpayer dollars" yeah right. Pretty much proves the fuckin bitch doesn't really give a shit what you think or want. Why do you SoCal types keep electing IT? Get that POS out of office next time around already.
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Mine just went to Kyl and McCain. They may listen a little more than the CA senators (let's hope).
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just recieved form letter reply from John Mccain (AZ senator) he states that "house of reps H.R.3-highway bill (passed march 10, 05) incl language that would authorize funding for rec trails program. Similar langue was incl in the senate version of HR3 (passed may 17, 05)" he further states "please be assured that I will keep your concerns in mind during should HR 3 be returned to the senate for a final vote"

yea, right, I'll hold my breath!!!!!
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